Kevin Curran dies aged 53Former Zimbabwe batsman and national coach Kevin Curran has died. The 53-year-old collapsed while jogging early this morning in Mutare but a statement from Zimbabwe Cricket said the exact cause of death was yet to be determined.Curran was coach of the Mashonaland Eagles and was in Mutare preparing for their T20 fixture against Mountaineers on Wednesday, which has been postponed.”We are still in shock. Kevin was the epitome of health and we have yet to make sense of this tragic loss,” ZC managing director Wilfred Mukondiwa said. “KC’s past and continued contribution to cricket is unquestionable and dates as far back as his playing days, up until the phenomenal work he had been doing at Mash Eagles.””KC had put his heart and soul into developing our franchise and had great plans for our high performance gym and other facilities…his passing will leave a huge void at Mash Eagles and I feel that I have not only lost a key business ally but a friend as well,” Mash Eagles chief executive officer Vimbai Mapukute said.Curran made his international debut during the 1983 World Cup, when Zimbabwe beat Australia by 13 runs. In a four-year career that spanned two World Cups, he scored 287 runs in 11 games with two half-centuries.As a right-arm seamer, he took nine wickets. By the time his country gained Test status, he had almost completed his 10-year qualification for English residency and decided not to return.Curran was one of the most effective overseas players in English cricket in the mid-1980s, scoring 1000 runs in a season five times. He moved to Northamptonshire at the end of 1990, where he played until his retirement in 1999.advertisementHe served as Zimbabwe’s assistant coach before taking charge of Namibia. In September 2004, he returned home as director of coaching at the CFX Cricket Academy in Harare.In August 2005, he replaced Phil Simmons as national coach and held that position till 2007, moving on as head of Zimbabwe Cricket Academy. He coached the Zimbabwe Under-19 team during the World Cup in 2010 and was named in the senior selection panel.
Roberto Firmino believes Liverpool are ready to finally end their long wait for a Premier League title this season.It has been 28 years since the Reds last triumphed in the top flight but there is hope around Merseyside that they can finally end the drought, having reached May’s Champions League final.The likes of Alisson, Naby Keita and Fabinho have all arrived since to enhance Firmino’s confidence that this could be Liverpool’s season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am optimistic and I believe Liverpool are capable of fighting for the greatest success this season,” he said, as quoted by the Daily Mirror.”I also think we have a better team than last season and that the new players will improve the performance of the team.”Of course, we know we have to show it on the field and we know that, for our new players, it is not easy to adapt quickly to a new team. But I always think positively.”We have shown in the last campaign that our dreams can be fulfilled and that we can return to the path of winning titles. This year, we must not fail and that is the attitude of the players.”Certainly my dream is to lift the Premier League trophy with Liverpool and that’s what we are trying to do.”Last season Jurgen Klopp’s side finished 25 points behind Manchester City who, like Liverpool, started the new campaign with a victory in their first fixture.Yet Liverpool have beaten City in their previous three meetings in all competitions and Firmino is anticipating a closer title race this term.”City are not invincible, they have lost games too,” he added.”I think the battle for the title is going to be very tough and will go until the very last day. That’s why we’re determined to start at the top.”The favourites are the usual ones – City, [Manchester] United, Chelsea and us. I don’t think there will be any big surprises.”But the Premier League is one of the toughest competitions in the world and so much of the battle is in the head. So let’s see what happens.”All I can promise our supporters is that we will give every last drop and finish the season absolutely empty in a bid to win the title.”Firmino is also keen to make amends for the 3-1 Champions League final loss to Real Madrid in Kiev.”The Premier League is our main challenge, but also Europe, after reaching the final against Real Madrid and falling down last season,” he explained.”That left us with a bad taste in our mouths, but we have to be patient and go game by game to achieve what we really want this time.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Ahmed Shehzad played just one game in the ICC Champions Trophy in June and was replaced by Fakhar Zaman afterwards.Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad is the latest cricketer trolled on social media after he posted a post-workout picture on his Twitter handle and was called things like ‘drama queen’ and ‘selfie queen’ by a few of his followers.In the picture, Shehzad could be seen resting in his car while sweating profusely after his workout session in the gym. He captioned the picture, “Sana: howz the feeling of a good work out? Me: (picture)”.Sana: howz the feeling of a good work out?Me: pic.twitter.com/a0mokMAvKo- Ahmad Shahzad (@iamAhmadshahzad) August 8, 2017Hashtag Selfie Queen.Hashtag Drama Queen.- Mehwish (@Mehwish_dr) August 8, 2017Hashtag out of teamHashtag may he never return in the side- J. (@a_socialanimal) August 8, 2017Dude, it is very very unlikely that your wife asked you that.- Talha Ahmed (@_talhaahmed) August 8, 2017Fakhar Zaman kaisa hai??????- Dragon Fly (@Dr_Dragon001) August 8, 2017Bragging at itz best…show off…- Zarar Mir (@zararmir) August 10, 2017Car ka AC sahi karale,if money problem then muthoot gold loan hai na….- Abhinavd Agarwal (@abhinavdagarwal) August 9, 2017Plz make it real in Cricket???- Abuhuraira Ansari (@HurairaOfficial) August 8, 2017Feeling right after Mickey Arthur statement #PakistanZindabad- RFJ (@RajaFasy) August 8, 2017da shoda bacheya la kho. Show off. Dummy Virat kohli- aimal khan (@aimalkhanmandal) August 10, 2017Shehzad last played for Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy against India where he scored 12 from 22 balls as Pakistan lost by 124 runs via D/L method.advertisementHe was dropped from the playing XI afterwards and replaced by talented left-handed batsman Fakhar Zaman, who went on to amass 252 runs in four games at an average of 63 with two fifties and a brilliant hundred which he scored in the final against India as Pakistan won by a huge margin of 180 runs to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.
(Eds: Updating with more results)New Delhi, Dec 30 (PTI) Saina Nehwal scripted a sensational comeback win over Canadas Michelle Li to guide Awadhe Warriors to a superb 4-3 victory over newcomers North Eastern Warriors in the third Premier Badminton League (PBL) here today.The Lucknow-based team, who had opened their campaign with a 4-3 win over defending champion Chennai Smashers in the PBL opener at Guwahati, continued their rampaging run, winning the first three matches — including their Trump match — in the five-match duel to take an unassailable 4-0 lead.World No 10 Saina, who clinched her 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal at the same venue, continued her love affair at the Siri Fort Sports Complex with a 6-15 15-13 15-13 triumph over world No 21 Li, who is interestingly the reigning Commonwealth Games champion.Earlier, Hong Kongs Tang Chun Man and Denmarks Christinna Pedersen clinched Awadhes Trump match against North Easterns Kim Gi Jung and Prajakta Sawant 15-14 15-13 after a hard-fought battle to put their team 2-0 ahead.In the mens singles, Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap then came out strongly against Ajay Jayaram, notching up a 15-9 15-12 win to give a 3-0 lead to Awadhe Warriors.World No 3 Kidambi Srikanth, however, suffered a shock 15-10 9-15 6-15 loss to Chinese Taipeis Wang Tzu Wei, ranked 11th, in the second mens singles, as North Eastern logged their first points in the tie.North Easterns then pinned hopes on mens doubles pair of Kim Gi Jung and Shin Baek Cheol and the duo completed the proceedings with a 15-10 15-12 win over Setiawan and Tang Chun Man in their Trump match to narrow the deficit to 3-4.advertisementEarlier, Saina failed to negotiate a series of drop shots from Li early on as the Canadian simply walked away with the opening game.The Indian, however, got her bearing right in the second and the duo were tied 4-4 at one stage. The Indian earned a slender 8-7 lead at the break after Li sent one to the nets.Li showed great defence but a gritty Saina displayed her mettle as she roared back into the contest when her rival went wide after an exciting rally.In the decider, Saina rushed to a 7-1 lead but Li made it 8-9 at one stage before drawing parity at 11-11 with a powerful cross court smash.Saina left one at forecourt and hit long to hand over the lead to Li. A body smash saw Saina make it 13-13.Another engrossing rally and Lis drop shot hit the net to give Saina the match point.A fantastic rally ended with Lis shot going wide again as Saina exploded in celebration.”I couldnt play the last three weeks due to an ankle injury. I didnt have much match practice but I am happy to win. She played well. I couldnt react as I am still sluggish. I need time to get full fitness,” Saina said after the match.”I was moving well in second and third. I was not playing too well but I didnt want to give up.”Earlier, Kashyap zoomed to 5-1 lead early on before grabbing a 8-3 advantage at the first interval. He continued to stay in the drivers seat even as Jayaram struggled to find his rhythm in the first game.Kashyap, who reached the finals at US Open Grand Prix Gold this season, moved to 12-7 after the breather before earning the bragging rights.In the second game, Kashyap headed into the break with a four-point lead against Jayaram, who narrowed the margin to 10-12 at the closing moments. Kashyap, however, eventually closed out the match comfortably. PTI ATK ATK
PAOK gained ground in the Greek Champions League tourney, beating Panionios, 2-0 as AEK defeated Panathinaikos, 3-1.Panionios, in chaos over the likely transfer of Tasos Bakasetas to AEK, gave up two goals in the first half in front of empty stands.AEK turned the tables on Panathinaikos for the Greens’ 3-1 win in the first game between the two. Helder Barbosa scored twice and Jakob Johansson got the other goal for te winners. Substitute Sebastian Leto scored for Panathinaikos.With two games let to play, PAOK leads the tourney with 10 points, AEK has eight, Panathinaikos seven and Panionios with only one. On May 29, Panathinaikos hosts Panionios and AEK entertains PAOK.TweetPinShare0 Shares
England captain Joe Root roared back to form with a classy hundred as his 15th century not only rescued England but also helped his side take an upper hand against Sri Lanka on the third day of the second Test in Pallekele on Friday.England, who lead the three-match series 1-0 after last week’s win in Galle, reached 324 for nine in their second innings at stumps, a lead of 278 on a pitch offering plenty of turn.After bowling out the hosts for 336 runs, England did not get off to an ideal start as they lost Jack Leach in the second over of the day.Keaton Jennings (26) then joined forces with Rory Burns (59) to pull things back in England’s favour with a 73-run stand for the second wicket. Jennings’s wicket brought Root to the crease. The England skipper and Burns too started a rebuilding process but the opener fell soon after completing his maiden half-century and that left England reeling at 108/3.Sri Lanka vs England 2nd Test, Day 3: Highlights | ScorecardNext man Ben Stokes fell for a duck but Jos Buttler (34) and Root added 74 for the 5th wicket to revive England. Mooen Ali (10) too failed.Wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, playing only his second Test, and Root then added 82 for the seventh wicket to dampen Sri Lanka’s hopes of restricting England’s lead to a manageable target after reducing them to 219/6 at one stage.Foakes further stretched England’s lead after the dismissal of Root for 124 and was unbeaten on 51 with James Anderson four not out when bad light and rain brought an end to the day’s play.advertisementAkila Dananjaya, who was reported for a suspect bowling action after the Galle Test but is free to play, notched up career-best figures of 6/106 but his third-five wicket haul in only his fifth Test might still prove inadequate.When play resumed in the morning, the tourists lost nightwatchman Leach for one in the third over, bringing regular openers Burns and Jennings together.While Burns looked at ease against Sri Lanka’s spinners with his nimble footwork, Jennings opted to utilise the reverse sweep to thwart the threat.Jennings’ most productive shot brought an end to his knock, the ball clipping the batsman’s glove before carrying to the slip fielder Dhananjaya de Silva for a simple catch.Burns, playing in his second Test, hit seven boundaries in his knock and was out leg before to Malinda Pushpakumara while trying to sweep the left-arm spinner. The batsman reviewed the decision but was unsuccessful.England suffered a further jolt in the next over when all-rounder Stokes also fell leg before, missing a sweep against off-spinner Dilruwan Perera.Stokes, who faced just two deliveries, also opted to go for a review but lost it.Root, who received a reprimand and one demerit point from the International Cricket Council on Thursday for a show of dissent, and Buttler looked to attack the spinners during their stand to give England the upper hand.Buttler’s entertaining knock of 34 came to a premature end when he dragged spinner Akila Dananjaya on to his stumps with an attempted reverse sweep.Moeen Ali also did not last long and was out leg before to Dananjaya, but Root appeared unmoved by the fall of wickets around him.He brought up a deserving 15th Test hundred with 10 fours and two sixes in his knock, using the sweep shot to good effect against Sri Lanka’s slow bowling attack.Root leapt for joy and punched the air after reaching the three-figure mark with a streaky boundary.Dananjaya removed Root and Sam Curran, who smashed 64 in the first innings, in consecutive deliveries and also dismissed Adil Rashid, who was unfortunate to be given out lbw as replays showed he had got an edge.(With inputs from Reuters)
Malaika Arora shares pic from Maldives holiday in sexy beachwear. Boyfriend Arjun Kapoor hearts itMalaika Arora recently shared a throwback image from her Maldives vacation, wearing a neon orange coverall over her bikini and we are loving the tassel adorned pretty beach outfit.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 26, 2019UPDATED: May 26, 2019 14:05 IST Malaika Arora shares throwback pic from Maldives vacationMalaika Arora literally set the internet on fire when she shared breathtaking images from her Maldives vacation with boyfriend Arjun Kapoor.The diva has been sharing unseen pictures from that picturesque holiday time and again, and the actress delighted her fans again when she shared a throwback photo from the same vacation.She captioned the gram, “’If u don’t jump, u will never fly’. Happy Sunday #leapoffaith,” which shows the gorgeous 43-year-old star posing for a breathtaking picture with the crystal clear water of the sea in the background.In the picture, Malaika can be seen wearing a neon orange coverall over her bikini and we are loving the tassel adorned pretty beach outfit.Showing off her enviable curves, the leggy lass can be seen enjoying the beautiful location as she excitedly poses for the camera.For the picture, Malaika went for cornrows and looked radiant in her all natural avatar. She added a bit of sass to her beach look by adding tinted oversized sunnies to it.Even the diva’s boyfriend Arjun Kapoor hearted the picture and we have to say these two are couple goals. Malaika in the past has shared some really gorgeous images and this image will make you want to drop everything right now and leave for a holiday.ALSO SEE | Malaika Arora in sheer sports bra and shorts with sister Amrita Arora nails gym fashion. See picsadvertisementALSO READ | Malaika Arora reveals son Arhaan’s girlfriends are intimidated by her: That’s what everyone saysWatch Watch | V-Day Special: Malaika Arora Khan’s love tips on Valentine’s DayGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byKrishna Priya Pallavi Tags :Follow Malaika AroraFollow Arjun Kapoor Next
Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 16:13 IST Novak Djokovic has been enjoying quality time with his wife Jelena Djokovic. (Instagram: Jelena Djokovic)HIGHLIGHTSNovak Djokovic has been enjoying quality time with his wife Jelena Djokovic after a successful Wimbledon campaignDjokovic had clinched his fifth Wimbledon title after outclassing Roger Federer in an epic final at The ChampionshipsNovak had also posted a fantastic picture of him celebrating the birthday of his brother DjordjeNovak Djokovic has been enjoying quality time with his wife Jelena Djokovic after a successful campaign in Wimbledon 2019.Djokovic, who clinched his fifth Wimbledon title after outclassing Roger Federer in an epic final at The Championships, shared a video where he can be heard singing a Croatian song along with klapa group from Korcula island. The song is Oliver Dragojevi?’s hit classic “Kad mi do?e ti”.World No. 1 took to his Instagram handle and shared a video with his wife Jelena and captioned it,” Grateful to spend quality and special time with Jelena in Croatia. Singing with klapa group from Korcula island. Wonderful experience. #iambetterattennis”.Novac’s and his wife Jelena’s social media has been flooded with pictures and videos of the couple enjoying their vacation in and around Croatia.Last week, Novak had also posted a fantastic picture of him celebrating the birthday of his brother Djordje. The Serbian tennis star had shared his love for his little brother in this Instagram post.On 14 July, Novak Djokovic had played out the longest Wimbledon men’s singles final in history against the legendary Roger Federer and prevailed 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a marathon encounter on Centre Court.advertisementThis triumph also earned Djokovic his 16th Grand Slam trophy overall, moving him closer to the only men ahead of him in tennis history: Federer owns 20, Rafael Nadal has 18.Djokovic also became the first player in the Open Era to win the Wimbledon men’s singles final after being down match point since 1948 to clinch his fifth title at The Championships and take his Grand Slams tally to 16.Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Novac DjokovicFollow Jelena Djokovic Watch: Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena sing a Croatian song with klapa group from Korcula islandOn 14 July, Novak Djokovic had played out the longest Wimbledon men’s singles final in history against the legendary Roger Federer and prevailed 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12 in a marathon encounter on Centre Court.advertisement
Ships and crews from around the world will land in Halifax this month for Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta from July 29 to Aug. 1. New free community programming includes a picnic in the Grand Parade, 1790 Argyle St., Halifax, on July 31 from 8 to 10 a.m. It will feature local produce courtesy of the Halifax Convention Centre team and their in-house culinary experts, in support of Feed Nova Scotia. Volunteers from Feed Nova Scotia will collect donations. “We are proud to be a part of this amazing event by doing what we do best – creating memorable experiences,” said Carrie Cussons, president and CEO of Events East. “We’re excited to work with our partner Waterfront Development to give our community and visitors a taste of the authentic Nova Scotia culinary experience from our award-winning team.” A new feature of the Tall Ships gathering is a unique community opportunity to participate in a Dalhousie University led, blue wave, as part of the Parade of Sail on Aug. 1. “The iconic Parade of Sail is the perfect backdrop to highlight Nova Scotia’s connection to the ocean. How it’s shaped our past and present, and how it holds the key for a more sustainable, prosperous future,” said Catherine Bagnell Styles, assistant vice-president of communications and marketing at Dalhousie University. “We’re asking everyone attending the Parade of Sail to wear blue as we wave farewell to the fleet with a celebration of our ocean pride.” “People can enjoy free programming and events along the Halifax and Dartmouth waterfronts including culinary presentations, musical and theatrical performances and storytelling, and of course ship access,” said Jennifer Angel, acting CEO of Waterfront Development. “There truly is something for everyone and we are proud of our partners’ work to pull together this incredible Nova Scotia showcase with such creativity and determination.” The program includes: For more program information online visit rdv2017ns.com. A selection of ticketed events on Georges and McNabs Islands are available at, http://rdv2017.tickethalifax.com, including a picnic on McNabs Island, a Taste of Nova Scotia Georges Island Experiences, Parks Canada Explore Georges Island and Joel Plaskett Emergency with Port Cities. Tall ships are visiting Canada to honour the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation in 2017 as part of a 7,000 nautical mile transatlantic race, led by Sail Training International. Halifax is the final start line for the last leg of the race. Nova Scotia port events will continue until Aug. 16 with celebrations in Sydney, Louisbourg, St. Peter’s, Lunenburg, Shelburne, Digby, and Annapolis Royal. Sail training opportunities for people of all ages are available at sailonboard.com. The province, Halifax Regional Municipality and the Government of Canada/Canadian Heritage and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, have provided financial support to RDV2017 Tall Ships Regatta in Nova Scotia. Select Nova Scotia’s Children Learn to Cook program in Dartmouth Taste of Nova Scotia’s Food Fare by the Sea Parks Canada’s Waterfront Heritage Program and programming at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site a Bluenose II program at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic the CBC Main Stage and kids entertainment lineup the Atlantic Film Festival Outdoor Film Experience Pirate’s Landing at Alderney Landing three nights of fireworks.
Rabat – As violence has greatly escalated between Muslim and Christian militias in the Central African Republic, United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres is expected to pay a visit to the country on October 24, reported AFP.The UN chief said in an interview with AFP and Radio France International that his visit is a “gesture of solidarity with the peacekeepers working in one of the most dangerous environments.”Guterres’ visit to the Central African Republic will be his first as part of a peacekeeping mission after taking office in January 1. However, the Secretary General repeatedly visited the country as former head of the UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). The visit, which will coincide with United Nations Day, comes at a time when the UN is facing anunstable financial situation as the United States pushes for cost-cutting in its peacekeeping programs.Guterres has said that US President Donald Trump’s proposed measures would create an “unsolvable problem” for the international body.UN in CARThe UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA) has maintained over 12,500 troops and police in the country’s hotspots since September 2014.MINUSCAis intended tohelp protect noncombatants and offer support to the government of CAR President Faustin-Archange Touadera following concerns over the country’s “security, humanitarian, human rights, and political crisis.”Morocco is one of the many countries that contributed peacekeepers to help bring stability in the conflict-stricken nation, and has called for a surge in the number of peacekeepers in the area.In September, Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nasser Bourita, warned against the rise of conflict in the African country and the “ethnic and religious nature” of the ongoing violence in Bangassou during a meeting held in New York at the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC).The minister also lauded MINUSCA’s performance on the ground, paying a special tribute to all peacekeepers, including the Moroccan officers, who perished while on duty.In July, three Moroccan blue helmets were killed by armed men belonging to to the Anti-Balaka militia. To date, eight Moroccan peacekeepers have died in the Central African Republic since 2015.
The Air Force says nothing has been ruled out and all options are still being looked into and JF-17 still remains an option.Air Force spokesman, Group Captain Chandima Alwis told The Sunday Leader that Sri Lanka is in need of new jets to be on par with the changing world. Sharif’s visit to Colombo followed a mid-November visit to Pakistan by Sri Lanka Air Force commander Air Marshal Gagan Bulathsinhala during which the JF-17 was showcased by the Pakistanis. Immediately after the visit AM Bulathsinhala was invited to send an evaluation team of technicians and pilots to PAC’s Kamra facilities near Islamabad, where the JF-17 is produced.At present the Air Force, according to the Janes Defence Weekly, rely on the Israel Aircraft Industries Kfir, which served as the workhorse of the Air Force ground attack operations during the war.Currently the JF-17 is flown only by the Pakistan Air Force (PAF), with the first squadron of Block 1 aircraft becoming operational in 2010. In late December 2015, PAC rolled out the 16th of a planned total of 50 Block 2 aircraft to complete the PAF’s fourth JF-17 squadron in service. The Sri Lanka Air Force says it has not ruled out acquiring JF-17 Thunder Aircraft from Pakistan and that no final decision has been made on the matter.A much publicized matter when Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was visiting Sri Lanka recently was that Sri Lanka was to sign a deal to purchase JF-17 Thunder Aircraft from Pakistan. However no such agreement was signed and the Indian media later reported that the deal was suspended owing to pressure from India. He said that a final decision had never been taken on the JF-17 Thunder Aircraft even at the time Nawaz Sharif was in Sri Lanka.“We have a requirement to improve our fleet and we are studying various options. The Air Force had never informed the Ministry of Defence that we would like to go for the JF-17 so there was never a final decision to purchase the jets when the Pakistan Prime Minister was in Sri Lanka,” he said.However the highly respected defence magazine ‘Janes Defence Weekly’ had reported that following the first export deal for its JF-17 multirole fighter to Myanmar, Pakistan was expected to be pushing hard for a follow-up agreement with Sri Lanka that would mark an important step in further extending its defence co-operation footprint in the Indian Ocean region. The report said that efforts to secure an agreement in principle for the sale of the JF-17 Thunder was expected to be high on the agenda during the visit of the Prime Minister of Pakistan to Sri Lanka. Phasing out its older Dassault Mirage III/5s and Chinese F-7Ps fighters, the PAF reportedly plans to induct at least 250 JF-17s. By contrast, China’s People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) does not fly the JF-17.Captain Chandima Alwis said that Sri Lanka needs to secure its airspace and so needs to have jets with advanced technology even if there is no war.He said that the jets in the Air Force fleet are maintained and flown in order to ensure they are in good condition and ready to be thrown into operation if the need arises.Among the countries the Sri Lanka Air Force is looking to acquire new jets is India, the Air Force spokesman added.The Janes Defence Weekly reported that diplomatic and political pressure by India is believed to have stalled the Sri Lankan Air Force plans to procure the JF-17 Thunder fighters from Pakistan. (Colombo Gazette) JF-17 Thunder is a third-generation fighter co-produced by Pakistan Aeronautical Complex (PAC) and China’s Chengdu Aircraft Industry Corporation (CAC).
The Police identified the suspect as Jeewan Perera. (Colombo Gazette) The Special Task Force (STF) arrested a drug dealer in Makola with 5 kilograms of heroin.The heroin is said to be worth Rs. 60 million.
Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Big Ten schedules for the next four seasons were released Tuesday, nearly completing Ohio State’s full schedules up to 2021. A pair of nonconference matchups in 2020 and 2021 remain the only two yet-to-be determined opponents for the Buckeyes.Ohio State will only play games on Saturdays for every game announced through 2027, unlike 2017 when Ohio State had opened up on the road against Indiana on a Thursday. And in 2021, Ohio State’s first game will be on the road against Big Ten opponent Minnesota, the team’s only scheduled conference matchup to start a season. Nebraska is scheduled to play Ohio State every year from last season’s matchup in Columbus and 2021, marking six straight seasons the two teams will match up against one another. Ohio State won last season’s game 62-3 and is scheduled to travel to Lincoln, Nebraska, on Oct. 14.Ohio State also will play host to Iowa in 2020, which will be the Hawkeyes’ second visit to Columbus since 2013.Upcoming Schedules2018 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 1 – Oregon StateSept. 8 – RutgersSept. 15 – vs. TCU*Sept. 22 – Tulane Sept. 29 – at Penn StateOct. 6 – IndianaOct. 13 – MinnesotaOct. 20 – at PurdueOct. 27 – Off Nov. 3 – NebraskaNov. 10 – at Michigan StateNov. 17 – at MarylandNov. 24 – MichiganDec. 1 – Big Ten Championship Game *AT&T Stadium; North Dallas 2019 Ohio State Football ScheduleAug. 31 – Florida Atlantic Sept. 7 – Cincinnati Sept. 14 – at IndianaSept. 21 – Miami (Ohio) Sept. 28 – at NebraskaOct. 5 – Michigan StateOct. 12 – OffOct. 19 – at NorthwesternOct. 26 – WisconsinNov. 2 – Off Nov. 9 – MarylandNov. 16 – at RutgersNov. 23 – Penn StateNov. 30 – at MichiganDec. 7 – Big Ten Championship Game2020 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 5 – Bowling Green Sept. 12 – at OregonSept. 19 – TBDSept. 26 – RutgersOct. 3 – OffOct. 10 – Iowa Oct. 17 – at Michigan StateOct. 24 – at Penn StateOct. 31 – NebraskaNov. 7 – Indiana Nov. 14 – at Maryland Nov. 21 – at Illinois Nov. 28 – Michigan2021 Ohio State Football ScheduleSept. 4 – at MinnesotaSept. 11 – Oregon Sept. 18 – Tulsa Sept. 25 – TBDOct. 2 – at NebraskaOct. 9 – PurdueOct. 16 – OffOct. 23 – at RutgersOct. 30 – Michigan StateNov. 6 – at IndianaNov. 13 – MarylandNov. 20 – Penn State Nov. 27 – at Michigan
Multotec’s popular polyurethane Saddle Top screen frame system has evolved rapidly from an initial innovative design that made it possible to replace only the screen panel fastening holes on conventional runners – instead of replacing the complete runner – to a unique and revolutionary pinless panel fastening system that is growing in demand worldwide. The Multotec P3 pinless fastening system, the third generation offering in the company’s Saddle Top range and the result of ongoing panel design innovation, allows quick and simple panel maintenance, but also significantly reduces the wear of the rail system. Multotec P3 has evolved from the original round pin and sleeve approach, to the H-pins and H-sleeves that delivered superior downward forces to hold panels together and then to the H-system pinless fastening. This system builds on the H-sleeve concept and is compatible with existing tooling. It delivers effective hold-down forces and offers optimised installation and removal capabilities.“Wear is reduced to such an extent that rail systems incorporating our pinless fastening system can last up to five years, an achievement previously unheard of in the industry,” Multotec’s Anthony Yell says. “Although the initial investment in this proprietary system is more than that for conventional systems, the savings achieved in the long term greatly offset this outlay. The P3 combines all the benefits of the established Multotec SaddleTop system, including replaceable screen support surfaces, quick changeouts and interchangeability between existing and traditional fastening systems.”With the Multotec P3 system, only the panel and compatible saddle are required to fasten the screen to the deck. Fewer operations ensure more efficient maintenance and improved operator safety.“The P3 system ensures reliable operations in the field, building on the benefits of the established H-Pinning system, whereby adjacent panels are locked together to prevent gaps forming between panels,” Yell says. “This prevents the intrusion of damaging particles.”All Multotec modular 305 mm square panels are compatible with P3 pinning. The full range of apertures is available in Hi-Flow and standard configurations. Panels can be manufactured with skidbars, retarder bars, weirbars and deflectors.The Multotec Saddle Top Rail System is an engineered system which is purpose designed to suit the specific screening machine and screening application.Multotec has recently introduced injection moulded rubber screen panels, which provide alternatives in dry screening and fine separation sizes. “Rubber is excellent for impact and polyurethane for sliding abrasion so this gives us alternatives to suit specific screening applications,” Yell says.The company has made a significant investment in bringing the rubber injection moulding process on-site to manufacture its smaller aperture applications in a size range up to 20 mm in the standard and Hi-Flow screen ranges.Polywedge screen panelsMultotec’s Polywedge screen panels offer the advantage of polyurethane and wedgewire in a single modular product. Available in a standard 305 x 305 x 30 mm size, the Polywedge screen panel’s polyurethane frame is injection moulded and the wedgewire insert mechanically fastened into place. Wedgewire is available in a profile to suit light, medium or heavy duty applications, with the proven Multotec pin and sleeve fastening system used to secure the panels in place.“With an excellent open area, Polywedge screen panels are suited to harsh, abrasive applications, including dewatering and desliming in the coal processing industry,” Yell says.Polyurethane cast screening systemsMultotec’s cast polyurethane facility offers a wide range of products designed to suit the requirements of the mining and aggregate industry, including heavy duty modular screen panels, large bolt-down panels, polyurethane sievebends, liners, jig panels and accessories. All Multotec panels are designed with self-relieving apertures, allowing for unimpeded downward movement of sized particles.The company manufactures three types of cast polyurethane panels – Spaltoflex 120 mm x 120 mm injection moulded modules with slotted apertures cast into larger panels; Forsiplast 120 mm x 120 mm injection moulded modules with square apertures cast into larger panels and Losiplast loose cores used to cast panels with either square, slotted, round or teardrop shaped apertures.Heavy duty panels are manufactured in modular or bolt-down panels with fully embedded or semi-embedded frames in sizes to customers’ requirements, while the tensioned polyurethane panels are manufactured in a range of sizes, either in side or end tensioned units. They have a particularly live surface that reduces pegging and blinding and can be designed to be interchangeable with conventional woven wire screen cloth butwith vastly improved wear life.Yell says cast screening systems deliver important advantages, including long life owing to high wear resistance, precise sizing maintained for long periods, self-relieving apertures which reduce pegging and blinding, and a low noise factor. In addition, a full range of curved trommel panels are supplied with either integral or bolt-on scrolls in varying heights and thickness.Polyurethane flood and spray nozzlesMultotec Flood Nozzles, manufactured for screen applications from abrasion resistant polyurethane, reduce downtime and ensure constant, efficient operation. A single Flood Nozzle can replace up to three conventional spray nozzles by utilising a 90 or 120 degree angle. The orifice diameter for both standard sizes (heavy duty 18, 13 and 10 mm) facilitates uninterrupted flow by reducing blockage problems from contaminated water.Flood Nozzles can be mounted horizontally behind the pipe spray reducing the possibility of damage or loss, by positioning the nozzles out of the flow of the screen material. They can also be mounted at an angle of up to45 degrees into the flow, to tumble material and to improve screening efficiency.Super Flood Nozzles (in sizes 370 mm X 645 mm and 250 mm X 420 mm) effectively replace conventional flood boxes, providing improved access to panels, while their low pressure, high volume water curtain eliminates blockages.Composite internal framesYell says there is a slow but definite move away from the use of internal steel panels in Multotec’s injection moulded 305 mm x 305 mm panels, in favour of composite frames. “Composite frames are lighter, more resilient and environmentally friendly,” he says. “They save up to 800 g per panel and have proved to give good panel support but at the same time being able to absorb impact as well. Based on these advantages weare changing out steel for this type of frame wherever possible, with no additional cost to the screen panel.”
Aéroports : les scanners corporels sans danger pour la santéLes scanners corporels des aéroports américains ne sont pas dangereux pour la santé. Ceci est la conclusion d’une étude menée par une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Californie, parue hier dans les Archives of Internal Medicine.D’ici 2011, plus d’un millier de scanners corporels devraient être installés dans les aéroports américains. Comme pour l’imagerie médicale, ces appareils utilisent des rayons X afin de visualiser les objets dangereux pouvant être portés par les voyageurs. Si la directive a pour objectif d’améliorer la sécurité des passagers, certains craignent que les radiations ionisantes de l’appareil nuisent gravement à leur santé. Afin de rassurer les usagers assidus des transports aériens, une équipe de chercheurs de l’Université de Californie a mené une étude sur les risques de ces appareils. Les résultats ont révélé qu’ils ne présentaient aucun danger. L’étude parue hier dans les Archives of Internal Medicine explique que la quantité de radiation à laquelle un patient est exposé lors d’une radiographie dentaire équivaut à une cinquantaine de passages d’un voyageur à travers un scanner d’aéroport. La radio du poumon est quant à elle égale à 1.000 passages et la mammographie à 4.000 passages.Toujours selon l’étude, “les doses de radiation ionisantes émises par les scanners à rayon X sont extrêmement basses, si basses qu’on ne sait pas si elles ont le potentiel d’affecter la santé”. Cependant, même si ces doses sont insignifiantes, les chercheurs soulignent qu’avec 750 millions de passagers par an aux Etats-Unis, “même un risque ténu au niveau individuel peut se traduire par un nombre significatif de cancers”.À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plageLes scientifiques ont donc calculé que sur 100 millions de passagers qui auraient voyagé en tout 750 millions de fois dans l’année, six nouveaux cancers risquaient d’apparaître. Pour des voyageurs plus assidus, effectuant 10 vols de plus de six heures par semaine et par an, le nombre de cancers supplémentaires a été évalué à 10.Pour l’heure, 486 scanners corporels ont été déployés dans 78 aéroports américains.Le 29 mars 2011 à 10:17 • Emmanuel Perrin
Plateforme d’Elgin : pas de “contamination directe” selon l’EcosseMercredi, le gouvernement écossais a dévoilé les premiers résultats des analyses d’échantillons prélevés dans les environs de la plateforme d’Elgin victime d’une fuite de gaz. Ceux-ci ne montrent aucune “contamination directe” de la vie marine. Alors que Total assure depuis le début que l’incident survenu sur la plateforme d’Elgin n’aura qu’un “impact négligeable” sur l’environnement, l’Ecosse a donné les premiers résultats de ces analyses. Le 6 avril, le gouvernement a en effet décidé de dépêcher un bateau en mer du Nord afin de mener sa propre mission d’expertise. Le navire a ainsi prélevé des échantillons d’eau et de sédiments à quelques kilomètres de la plateforme Elgin qui ont ensuite été testés.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Les premiers résultats obtenus semblent ainsi confirmer les dires de Total : “aucune contamination directe” de la vie marine n’a été détectée. “Les analyses rassemblées à ce jour montrent que les effets de la fuite de gaz d’Elgin sont à ce stade minimes”, a affirmé le ministre de l’Environnement écossais, Richard Lochhead. “Toutefois, comme la fuite se poursuit, nous devons rester vigilants et j’ai demandé à l’agence pour la mer Marine Scotland de poursuivre ses contrôles sur l’environnement”, a-t-il ajouté cité par l’AFP. Reste donc encore à attendre les résultats complets des analyses conduites sur les poissons qui devraient arriver la semaine prochaine.Parallèlement, Total poursuit les opérations pour stopper la fuite de gaz. Le groupe vient ainsi d’indiquer qu’une nouvelle équipe de 11 personnes était arrivée sur les lieux mercredi à la mi-journée dans le but de préparer les travaux de colmatage de la fuite. Le 6 avril, une première mission de reconnaissance envoyée sur la plateforme d’Elgin avait confirmé la faisabilité d’une intervention pour “tuer” le puits dont provient la fuite de gaz. En particulier, les experts avaient pu constater que la sécurité sur la plateforme était suffisante pour permettre aux équipes techniques d’intervenir. Un feu vert pour Total qui envisage deux actions pour arrêter la fuite de gaz : l’injection de boue et le forage de deux puits de secours.Le 20 avril 2012 à 11:19 • Maxime Lambert
Europe woke up to the news of Donald Trump being elected president of the United States on Nov. 9. The day was also the 27th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall; an irony that did not go unnoticed by many Europeans. Trump’s campaign pledge to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico had drawn harsh criticism.On Friday, Berlin Mayor Michael Müller became one of the most outspoken foreign critics of President Trump’s plans to build the wall. In a statement published on the city’s official website, Müller was quoted as saying: “We can simply not accept that all our historic experiences are being thrown into disarray by the ones we have to thank most for our freedom: the Americans. I call on the U.S. President to not go down this wrong track of isolation and exclusion.”American commitment to Berlin during the Cold War prevented the city from falling to East German control and eventually helped facilitate reunification following the fall of the Berlin Wall.President John F. Kennedy became an icon for Germans when he declared in 1963: “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner). In 1987, President Ronald Reagan famously addressed the Soviet Union leadership with the words: “Tear down this wall.”“For that reason I say: Dear Mr. President, don’t build this wall,” Müller said Friday in remarks which were directly addressed to Trump.
ASA/WISHH, along with its local partner V.E.T. Net, recently completed dairy feeding trials in Mongolia at the Mongolian Armed Forces livestock and Border Forces farms with positive results. Cows that were fed U.S. soybean meal had an increase in milk production from 4.52 to 5.34 liters per day/cow (an 18% increase) and experienced a 9% weight gain. The feeding trial results will be shared with other military farms and used by V.E.T. Net with its continuing education courses and model herder dairies.The soybean meal was funded through the USDA Quality Samples Program, with technical support funding provided by the Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee and USDA Market Access Program (MAP).Other components of the feeding trialincluded, a herd assessment test, with extensive training for veterinarians and herders on herd health plans, mastitis prevention, milking techniques and management of sick cows.ASA/WISHH and V.E.T. Net continue to look at new programs and activities to promote the use of soybean meal to the Mongolian livestock industry.
Yukon Quest mushers have surpassed a major milestone in preparation for running next month’s race. Tons of race food and gear were dropped off over the weekend for shipping to checkpoints along the thousand mile route between Fairbanks and Whitehorse.Download AudioBrent Sass races to a first-place finish at the 2015 Yukon Quest. The 2016 race starts Feb 1. (Photo: Emily Russell/KNOM)Laura Neese decided she wanted to be a long-distance dog musher when she was 9 years old. Ten years later, after finishing high school early and earning a bachelor’s degree in veterinary technology, she’s about to run her first 1,000-mile sled dog race.“I’m just excited to finally be here.”The 19-year-old rookie drove from Michigan to Fairbanks last week with fourteen dogs and one handler.In less than two weeks, Neese will join 23 other mushers on the Chena River in downtownFairbanks for the start of the 33rd Yukon Quest International Sled Dog race. She’s the youngest in the field.“My goals are to learn the trail, gain experience, since this is my first thousand mile race, and kind of work toward future years to become competitive.”On Saturday she dropped off a few dozen bags of race supplies at Summit Logistics. The bags contain everything she needs on the trail: extra booties and blankets, kibble, meat, and fat for the dogs, as well as food for herself.“I brought three different meals to each checkpoint for myself: pasta, tater tots with cheese, and Pizza Hut pizza.”She also added a local treat from her hometown, Ohio: “Buckeyes, the chocolate peanut butter cookies.”On Saturday afternoon, food started pouring in to the big parking lot off Van Horn. A steady stream of dog trucks and trailers pulled up filled with white mesh bags. Volunteers descended, grabbing bags, attaching labels, and stacking them on pallets destined for remote spots of Alaska and the Yukon: Central, Eagle, Pelly Crossing.There are nine checkpoints in the race where mushers can reload on these supplies. But some are as far as 200 miles apart. Everything they need in between has to go in their sled.“So, a pair of snowshoes, an ax, fuel, a cooker, sleeping bag. Anything for the dogs and musher to survive staying out there in the cold,” says race volunteer Marie Oleson. She’s signing in the mushers and overseeing the flow of baggage. As the day goes on, the piles grow taller and taller.Fairbanks musher Cody Strathe dropped off more than 3,000 pounds of gear. That’s 44 bags for himself, plus another 40 for his wife, Paige Drobny. They’ve both run the Quest before, but never in the same year.They spent the past two weeks cooking, cutting, bagging, and organizing food – in between training runs.“It’s a little hectic. Right now we sometimes wonder why we’re doing it but here in a week or two it’ll become clear again and it’ll be a lot of fun.”Their friends helped them put together the menu for the trail. Strathe is most excited about the little cheesecakes waiting for him along the way. There’s a special dessert for the dogs too.“We’ve got tripe. We’ve got salmon. We’ve got beaver meat. Actually, beaver meat’s probably the equivalent of cheesecake for them. It’s really rich. They eat it no matter what. They love it – it makes them happy.”That’s the most important part of long-distance racing, Strathe says. Keeping the runners happy.“Music is definitely a secret weapon. And this year we had a bunch of friends donate iPods that were all loaded up with music. So we’ve got an arsenal of good booty shakin’ and bluegrass and whatever else music. So we’ll be able to keep the morale high by keeping yourself happy. If you’re happy then the dogs are happy.”Volunteers wrapped the pallets in plastic wrap and divided them up by country – half the gear went in the back of a semi truck headed for the border. The rest was stored in a pair of Connexes.The mushers looked relieved as they drove off with empty trucks.The Yukon Quest starts in Fairbanks on February 6 at 11a.m.
Everyone is waking up this morning to some very sad and unexpected news. Satoru Iwata, Nintendo’s president, died at the age of 55 on July 11 due to a bile duct growth.We knew that Iwata was dealing with some health issues last year because he missed E3. Before the show Iwata told everyone he couldn’t attend because his doctors said he wasn’t allowed to travel. A couple of weeks after E3 it was revealed Iwata was having a tumor removed from his bile duct. He then returned to work and we all assumed a speedy recovery had occurred. That was clearly not the case.Nintendo confirmed his death in a short statement posted on their Japanese website. Bile duct cancer currently has no known cure beyond surgery to remove the primary tumor and any spread to other parts of the body. If this does not happen, or the cancer is only discovered in its advanced stage, then only management of the disease can occur with a short period of time before death.Iwata’s death has come as a shock to both Nintendo and the gaming world as a whole. Although in recent years we’ve been talking about the struggles of the Wii U and Nintendo’s difficulties in terms of competing with mobile gaming, we can’t forget the achievements of the company under the guidance of Satoru Iwata.Iwata was the first Nintendo president who is no relation to the Yamauchi family and held the position for 13 years. During that time he introduced the unique dual-screen Nintendo DS and subsequent 3DS successor, shook up the console market with the motion-controlled Wii, and has also directly worked on Zelda, Mario, Pokemon, and the Animal Crossing games. Before joining Nintendo in the 1980s as a programmer he worked at HAL Laboratory, with Balloon Fight, Earthbound, and Kirby games all benefiting from his involvement.Satoru Iwata’s funeral service will be held on July 17. Our thoughts are with his wife Kayoko and those that worked closely with him throughout his career in the games industry.We’ll end with one of Iwata’s most famous quotes, which sums him up perfectly:“On my business card, I am a corporate president. In my mind, I am a game developer. But in my heart, I am a gamer.“